the main thing he has to ask himself is does he want it to be a show piece or not? it's that simple. a collector does not want a gun that has been refinished however your friend is not a collector. he want's to be able to hang it on the mantle and when people come over he can boast that it was his daddy's gun. in that condition what is more striking? a gun that has been beat to hell or a gun that looks like it came straight from the factory? either way it makes a good conversation piece and on one hand he is obliged to explain the refurbished condition but on the other he can explain what a pain in the rear it is to have to clean it every 2 months regardless of being fired or not because all the bluing is gone and it is prone so surface rust.
that's just my .02 either choice is his business, not mine.
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